It's miserable hot in Lake Havasu City in August. Playing outside was as horrible as can be expected in 100+ degree weather with 60% humidity. Other than that, the gig was cool. April was there, of course, and with all the Locals in attendance, it almost seemed like we were all just hanging out in one of Hell's outer swamp rooms playing a gig. Tiki Bandits were good. Led by Frank Voodoo's Blue Demon Lucha Libre mask wearing alter ego, they do sort-of Punk rock covers of cool songs like Rockin' Robin by Bobby Day or Limbo Rock by Chubby Checker, and when they play that song they have people doing the Limbo. Fun. Surrounded By Thieves were pretty good, despite the power going out on them mid-set. The stuff off their new album sounds really good. And they did I'm The One, which is my favorite song by them, so yeah. Finally got to see New Cold War, and they were pretty good too. They seemed to intimidate the Locals though, which was... weird? And I don't think it was a good idea to call an intoxicated Janoff to the stage to recreate his vocals from their song Who We Are... LOL They have a brand spanking new video for a song called Growin' Down, off their self-titled release, which was reviewed right here - incorrectly, I might add! ;-) The video is pretty fucking impressive. Skateboarding and Punk Rock. What more do you need, right? And do people even watch videos anymore?? I dunno, but here it is. Enjoy!
Vegascendents played too, but we sucked. People liked us, but that's because they weren't paying attention, just rocking out, jumping around and going nuts while we fucked up one song after another. Boooooo. I blame it on the heat and humidity, and it had NOTHING to do with our heroic intake of booze beforehand - at least not mine anyways! ;-) Our band has a drinking problem... hahaha The night ended in a drunken, drugged out blur in a hotel room, with Bob taking incriminating blackmail video of the shenanigans. Bastard. I'd love to show you some of the pictures I took of the bands playing, but apparently, I lost my camera somewhere the next day in Tempe.
Yeah, apparently I had one taco too many in Tempe, but man, they were sooooooo effin' good! They hit the spot after I tried to grub at the Tilted Kilt Pub earlier and got served something they called fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I didn't think you could mess up a simple meal like that but apparently you can, which just made the tacos at the Yucca Tap Room all that much better. Cool venue. Opening band The Early Grabs played an impressive set of Skate Punk Rock tunes, with the singer establishing himself with a mic stand made up of old skateboard trucks and wheels. Bob wasn't impressed though, of course. ;-) The People's Whiskey played a fast and furious set, with Luis putting on a dazzling display of drum lines brilliance, which always leaves me wondering why I even bother. New Cold War played much better than the night before, and people really dug the fuck out of their Face To Face cover they did. Weird. Vegascendents played, and the less said about that the better, ha ha ha, and the band with the best band name on the bill - Phoenix Hooker Cops - were a bit of a disappointment, playing some craptacular Death Metal that was highlighted by everyone in the band setting up right in front of the stage, even the Drummer. I wasn't in the mood for any Cookie Monster vocals, so I split for more tacos in the next room, watching idiots dance to Hip Hop. Meh. That's probably where I lost my camera. I don't remember having it back at the hotel room, but again, that was all a major blur as well. Seemed to be the theme for the weekend, come to think of it. Waking up before the noon check out time the next day was a struggle, that's for sure. Always a fun time on the road for a few days with your friends. It's like a permit to go stupid for a few days, and that's alright by me. :-)
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